Talented gymnast reaching for the stars

Year 9 student Athena Li is certainly someone to watch on the New Zealand gymnastics scene. The 13-year-old has only been involved in rhythmic gymnastics for five years, but has already won three national titles – in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Competing for her club, North Harbour, her most recent success was coming first in Clubs at the NZ Junior International Rhythmic Gymnastics competition.

“I love how Rhythmic gymnastics has a mix of dance and music. I enjoy training with my friends,” she says.

Athena’s goal is to make it to the Commonwealth Games. She says having a good mindset and taking care of her body are two things that help to make a top gymnast – that along with lots of hard work and training!

Congratulations Athena on a successful year.